Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has been suspended for the next four games — the remainder of the regular season — after being found in violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.
In a statement released by the Ravens, Ngata said he took the prescription drug Adderall, which triggered the positive test.
"I made a mistake, and I own this," Ngata said. "I took Adderall and take full responsibility for doing this. I am deeply sorry and broken up over this. I let down my family, my teammates, Ravens fans and myself. My hope is that the Ravens make the playoffs, and I believe they can do this. And, then I can come back and help us win."
Ngata will be eligible to return for the postseason if the Ravens are in the mix.
This is a huge blow for the Ravens given the season Ngata has had. He's posted 31 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions, but has been more disruptive than the statistics indicate. He's really helped relieve the pressure off of the outside linebackers due to his presence inside. He'll be missed as the Ravens try and make a run at a postseason berth.
"This is disappointing news for the Ravens," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "We are disappointed with Haloti, but no more than he is with himself."
An NFL spokesperson stated that Ngata's suspension will begin immediately with the Pro Bowl defensive tackle able to return to the team on Monday, Dec. 29.